Revolutionary War Patriot…



87aba847-5ef8-4bc8-bc5c-113a0aec7707Marrage record Richard Caruthers -Mary Ewing

Richard Caruthers was just one of our Revolutionary War heros. He is listed in the Official Register of the officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War–
“Caruthers, Richard. Adjutant, Second Battalion, Cumberland;
Adjutant, Colonel Potter’s Regiment, State Troops.


Richard is also listed on a reconstructed Record….

U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820
Name: Richd Caruthers
Gender: M (Male)
State: New Jersey
County: Cumberland County
Residence Year: 1780
Household Remarks: Name on a petition, Dec 1782, to the Representatives from inhabitants of Cumberland Co. who, because Delaware Bay is controlled by the enemy, cannot transport their produce by water. They cannot earn money.

Name: Richd Caruthers
Gender: M (Male)
State: New Jersey
County: Cumberland County
Residence Year: 1780
Household Remarks: Name on a petition, 25 Oct 1783, to the General Assembly from freeholders and inhabitants of Cumberland County recommending measures to make their court actions less expensive and provide a more equit

Source Citation: Document: Manuscript Collection, 1680s – 1970s, BAH: Legislative Records, 1782 – 1787 [New Jersey State Archives]. Call Number: Box 1-15, Folder 25. Page Number: 1. Family Number: 2.

1774-Listed on the Tax List in Cumberland Co., N.J., Hopewell Twnp. pg. #006

1776, May 7-Richard Caruthers listed in Muster Roll of light infantry of Potter’s Brigade in Bridgeton, N.J.

1778-Listed on the Tax List in Cumberland Co., N.J., Hopewell Twnp. pg #016
May Assessme

I do have a copy of the marriage bond but as you can see from the one I have of James and Lydia they are very hard to read so I transcribed it here.

FHLC 0888702; Vol. C (1765 – 1797) [total of 778 bonds] pg. 680

Know all Men by these Presents, That We Richard Carothers and Uriah Mills of this township of Hopewell in the County of Cumberland and State of New Jersey are held and firmly bound unto His Excellency William Livingston Governor and Commander in Chief of New-Jersey,&c. in the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds, current lawful Money of New-Jersey, to be paid to the said William Livingston Governor, &c. his Successors or Assigns; for which Payment well and truely to be made we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, and every of them, jointly and feverally, firmly by these presents: Sealed with our Seals, dated the Sixteenth Day of December Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, That whereas there is a mutual Contracat of Marriage between Richard Caruthers of the one Party and Mary Ewing of the other Party, and the Parties have complied with the Terms prescribed in an Act of the General Assembly of New-Jersey,made in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninteen, intitled, An Act clandestine Marriages. Now, if it shall hereafter appear, that the Certificates produced, or either of them, have been fraudulent, or that either the afaoresaid Richard Caruthers or the aforesaid Mary Ewing had no the Consent of their Parents, Guardians, or Persons under whose Care they were, signing the said Certificates; or that the said Richard Caruthers or the said Mary Ewing or either of them, had sum lawful Let or Impediment of Pre-contract, Affinity or Consanguinity, to hinder their being joined in The Holy Bands of Matrimony, and afterwards of living together as Man and Wife; then this Obligation to stand and remain in full Force and Virture, otherwise to be void and of none Effect.
Sealed and Delivered
in the Presents of
Rich Caruthers

Mary Fithian

Eli Elmer
Uriah Mills

All the individuals you see in the bond connects to the Caruthers in one way or another. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

In 1781 Richard and Mary have a son naming him Richard Ewing Caruthers. Richard is still in the military as well as a farmer. Richard also works for the people to try and make their lifes better in any way he can. Then on February 9, 1790 Richard dies.

The 1790 census shows ‘Widow Caruthers’

Widow Caruthers
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Fallowfield, Chester,Pennsylvania
Free White Persons – Males – 16 and over: 3
Free White Persons – Females: 1
Number of Household Members: 4

1790 United States Federal Census




Richard Left Mary a widow at the age of thirty seven years, she married, a second time, the Hon. William Findley of Westmoreland county, Pa. History written by the pen of her nephew says, “She was a sensible, pious and excellent woman. She was remarkable for her resignation to the will of God and was exemplary in her duties to her family and society.” Letters she wrote to a relative, recounting the death of Mr. Findley and telling of an almost fatal fall from a horse, she had, breathe throughout the spirit of meek submission, firm trust in Jesus, and strong attachment to Him.




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